Joshua 7:16-9:2 ~ Luke 16:1-18 ~ Psalm 82:1-8 ~ Proverbs 13:2-3
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Old Testament – In Joshua chapter 7 today we continue to read about Achan’s sin, which caused 36 Israelites to die in the first attack on the city of Ai. I realize that the destruction of Achan and his family may be tough for us to read, but I think it’s important to remember Achan’s sin caused other Israelites to die. I found Joshua’s words interesting in verse 19 as he spoke to Achan: “My son, give glory to the LORD, the God of Israel, by telling the truth.” He has a fatherly tone here – and I like the thought of giving glory to God by telling the truth.
In chapter 8 verse 1 we read this today – “Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid or discouraged.” This repeats what we heard God say to Joshua in chapter 1 verse 9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” This makes sense that in the midst of the conquest of the Promised Land that this would need to be repeated often. I’m wondering if we need to hear this in our lives today as well from God often – do not be afraid or discouraged. It is so true. With God in our lives we do not need to be afraid or discouraged! I need to be reminded of this often…
Every command Moses had ever given was read to the entire assembly, including the women and children and the foreigners who lived among the Israelites.” After our recent readings about the Israelites victories at Jericho and Ai, I am not surprised by Joshua chapter 9 verse 2 at all…. – “These kings quickly combined their armies to fight against Joshua and the Israelites.” Seems like a logical idea to try to band together. We get some interesting tactics coming from the Gibeonites in tomorrow’s readings. Stay tuned!
New Testament – The story of the shrewd manager in Luke chapter 16 today concludes with some powerful teachings from Jesus. Verses 8 & 9 stand out to me today – “And it is true that the citizens of this world are more shrewd than the godly are. I tell you, use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. In this way, your generosity stores up a reward for you in heaven.” I like that teaching – we should use our worldly resources to benefit others. I’ve been thinking about this a bit more lately. And I wondered what it would be like if I went through my days consciously trying to make other people happy. I don’t think I’ve really ever done this over a sustained period. Maybe I’ve glimpses of using my resources to benefit others. To make them happy. I want to do more of this… How about you? Are you consciously using your resources (time, treasure & talents) to make others happy in your life each day?
Verse 10 is also a strong teaching from Jesus today – “”Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” We need to be faithful in small matters in our daily lives or else indeed we will not be faithful in large matters.
Psalms – I love Psalm 82 verses 3 & 4 – “”Give fair judgment to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people.” I realize these verses were spoken to Israel’s judges. But, I think they can speak to you and I today as well. Particularly, “rescue the poor and helpless” stands out to me today. What are some ways you are rescuing the poor and helpless in your life today? How are you delivering them from the grasp of evil people?
But, wow, it makes me wonder if I am truly allowing Jesus to rescue the poor and helpless through me? How about you?
Proverbs – There is probably absolutely nothing I could or should add to Proverbs chapter 13 verse 3 🙂 – “Those who control their tongue will have a long life.”
Worship God: Today’s readings in Luke reminded me of Abandon’s song “Hero:”
Who is your hero in your life?
Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” Luke 16:13 NIV
Pray that you are serving God alone.
Pray that you are not in love with or devoted to money.
Comments from You & Questions of the Day:
Do you agree with this Proverb above? Are you able to control your tongue? Or sometimes does your tongue control you?
Any advice on how someone can control their tongue? Prayer, Grace, and the Holy Spirit are 3 antidotes that come to mind for me! 🙂
Also, what verses or insights stand out to you in today’s readings?
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Love, Trust and Obey Jesus,
Bible Reading Plan For 14th April:
Josh 9:3‐10:43, Luke 16:19‐17:10, Ps 83:1‐18, Prov 13:4